2021 Summer Programs Cancelled

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic and its many challenges to all members of our society still continue well into 2021. The EIC is following the COVID guidelines in place for the entire University, which limit the ability to welcome visitors to our campus.  In our strong commitment to keeping our community members and Center staff safe, we have made a decision to cancel all of our summer programs for children.

For over 30 years, UM-Dearborn has engaged children in outdoor learning experiences that nurture a personal connection to nature. As a major part of the Center’s mission, that is something we hold dear, and during this pause we will be eagerly hoping to continue our programs on-site next summer. In the meantime, we are continuously looking for new ways to safely stay in touch with nature together. That includes keeping the UM-Dearborn Environmental Study Area open to the public for walks and nature exploration that observe social distancing guidelines. We hope you take some time to get outdoors and encourage your child to remain engaged in developing a sense of wonder about the natural world!

As our team at the Environmental Interpretive Center discussed and addressed numerous summer program scenarios, two things became evident to us. The first is that as science-based educators, we believe that science is informing us that COVID-19 will remain a factor in our lives for some time to come. We believe that the risk of passing along this virus does not allow us in good conscience to put our community at risk.

Please know that factors well beyond our control weighed heavily in our decision-making efforts, and that we are doing our best as part of our community.

Please contact rsimek@umich.edu for any questions about future educational program scheduling.

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